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Useful command: netsh wlan

The management of wireless networks can be done via the Windows command “netsh wlan”. This command is especially useful when using Windows 8. You can use other “netsh” subcommands to retrieve other system information, like “netsh lan” to get information about your Wired AutoConfig Service settings.

The following table describes some options for “netsh wlan”.

Command Description
show profiles show all save profiles
delete profile name=”profile name” delete a specific profile
show profile name=”profile name” key=clear retrieve saved WPA2 PSK
show wlanreport report showing recent wireless session information
export profile “profile name” folder=c:\export export a profile with all settings to the directory c:\export
add profile filename=”c:\export\filename” user=all import a profile with all settings to all users profiles
show profile “profile name” display information on the specific wifi network
show interfaces shows a list of the wireless LAN interfaces on the system
show all display information on all currently available wifi networks
set profileorder name=”profile name” interface=”Wi-Fi” priority=1 change the priority of a wifi network

There are a lot more useful commands available. You can always use the question mark to get more options.

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René Jorissen

Co-owner and Solution Specialist at 4IP Solutions
René Jorissen works as Solution Specialist for 4IP in the Netherlands. Network Infrastructures are the primary focus. René works with equipment of multiple vendors, like Cisco, Aruba Networks, FortiNet, HP Networking, Juniper Networks, RSA SecurID, AeroHive, Microsoft and many more. René is Aruba Mobility First Expert (AMFX #26), Aruba Certified Mobility Expert (ACMX #438), Aruba Certified ClearPass Expert (ACCX #725), Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX #760), CCNP R&S, FCNSP and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEF) certified. You can follow René on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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